Kohat: According to a recent new report, the people of Tanda Dam have accused successive governments of making false promises to provide necessities of life since 1966, including the blacktopping of a dirt road that serves as their only connection to Kohat city.

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The elders warned that if their demands were not met at a jirga held recently in the Barh region, they would not allow a water sports festival scheduled for the 2nd of April to take place.

They expressed disappointment that, despite many assurances from the administration and legislators, the route had not been carpeted in the previous 30 years.

Former Nazim Qeemat Khan and village councillor Irshad Khan both spoke at the jirga and chastised the administration for not blacktopping the road. They said that while victims of other dams in the country were given jobs and compensation, the victims of the Tanda Dam were denied access to health, education, water, and road facilities.

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They said that the Barh Jabbi Road was the only link to Kohat city and that they had difficulty transporting patients to hospitals due to the lack of a well-carpeted road.

They also requested that the basic health centre be upgraded to a type-D hospital, that the road be carpeted immediately, and that empty positions in schools be filled.

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